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Watson, Monda Lynn

May 2, 1959 –
 May 3, 2021


Monda Lynn Watson passed away on the day after her 62nd birthday, way too soon.   Monda grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.  Her mother was Marilyn Yvonne Watson, (Marilyn passed in January 2020) and her natural father was James Killean, (who passed in June 2007).  Monda referred to Marilyn’s second husband, Bill Watson II as Dad, who passed in 1996.   Monda secured her primary and secondary education at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis and eventually became a board member until her death.

Monda, resourceful from an incredibly early age, signed up as an Au Pair, affording her the freedom to travel abroad the summer prior to entering college.  She quickly abandoned the nanny gig, opting instead to fill her days and the rest of her summer abroad by picking grapes.  She returned to Memphis and enrolled in the University of Memphis but her dreams for a broader vista led her to LA where she reconnected with her natural father, Jim Killean, attended and graduated from UCLA.

Monda’s first love was her daughter Maguire, closely followed by her beloved Camp Sequoya in Abingdon, VA where she spent many years first as a camper, and later years as camp counselor.   She always described the settings as an idyllic environment or escape from the often-awkward teenage years.  She built, maintained, and challenged lifetime friendships, spanning well over 50 years.  The campers, stretched across the US, hosted regular reunions to relive and recite the Sequoya creed, permanently embedded in their hearts.

After graduating from UCLA, Monda followed several of the campers to Dallas, where she would spend the rest of her adult life.   In 1998, Monda attended El Centro College, undertaking enough accounting hours to earn her Certified Public Accounting License and spent the rest of her career as a CPA, specializing in real estate financial services.

Monda mentored and supported an impoverished family she first connected with in Dallas, and her charity followed the family’s move to Mississippi, where Monda continued to host regular fund-raising events, delivering the gifts to their new home.

Monda leaves behind her daughter, Maguire Evis Watson, and brothers James Joseph (Jim) Watson of Melbourne Australia, William Andrew (Andy) Watson III of Nashville, and his wife Patti, and Samuel Parks (Parks) Watson of Memphis, and his wife Sue Ellen, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as countless friends, colleagues, and campers.

Monda Lynn Watson died a legend and may her goodness shine through each of us.


Memorial Service Details: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00am located at North Dallas Funeral Home 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmer’s Branch, TX 75234.


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

6 Thoughts on Watson, Monda Lynn
    Jamie Kingsley
    11 May 2021

    I am still shocked and heart broken. You are so dear to me and will truly be missed.

    Robert Delgado
    13 May 2021

    My heart goes out to everyone who knew Monda. We all loved her and she will be missed deeply. Love and Light my friend!

    Frances Stites
    15 May 2021

    Momma Monda you were loved by your fellow Sequoya sisters . So sorry that your time here on earth was shortened. I look forward to seeing you in heaven. We will celebrate your life with our sisters. Love to your family and my condolences.❤️You touched my life and I’ll always remember you!

    Jodi Smith
    17 May 2021

    Monda, you will be missed by many. We, your Sequoia sisters, will always remember your laughter, good humor, leadership and kindness. You have left us with so many great memories to cherish. Praying the Lord’s strength and comfort from required and the rest of the Watson family.

    Lori Angelot
    20 May 2021

    My friend Monda: You are missed. I can’t believe you’re gone.

    I’ll miss our two hour chats and the laughs we shared. Catching up with you always made my day.

    I have so many good memories with you and Maguire, starting from preschool when we first met. Thank you for taking my daughter on the vacation of a lifetime. And thank you for introducing my kids to Camp Winnamocka.

    I love your obituary. It made me smile. Thank you to the wonderful writer of this.

    Kate B Walsh
    15 May 2022

    As a very old friend of Monda’s from her WDC days, I am shocked to just learn of her passing. I was trying to look up a current cell number to wish her a happy birthday when I came across her obituary. How did Monda die? I hope she didn’t suffer. She taught me me so much and I still cherish her gift of Shel Silverstein’s “The giving tree” – which she was in the flesh. Sleep well, dear friend.

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